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Reverend, Humanitarian, Advocate for Immigrants, Sex Trafficking Victims and Juvenile Offenders through the Arts

Season 1, Episode 23

Please tune in to check out Enrique Morone’s interview the Rev. Mary Moreno-Richardson. The Rev. Mary Moreno-Richardson. The Rev. Mary Moreno-Richardson is an Episcopal priest (retired) and the creator/director of The Guadalupe Art Program, a spiritual empowerment program using the arts to heal violence against women and children. Far exceeding her role as a chaplain, Rev. Mary is a champion for victims of human trafficking, undocumented youth in detention who are awaiting deportation hearings and women and children who are victims of violence.  Rev. Mary has served as a Delegate to the United Nations and a member of the Committee of the Status of Women. She now serves on the Santa Barbara County Commission on Behavioral Wellness. She is the first Latina Priest ordained in the Diocese of San Diego.

The Rev. Mary Moreno-Richardson is an Episcopal priest (retired) and the creator/director of The Guadalupe Art Program, a spiritual empowerment program using the arts to heal violence against women and children. Far exceeding her role as a chaplain, Rev. Mary is a champion for victims of human trafficking, undocumented youth in detention who are awaiting deportation hearings and women and children who are victims of violence.  Rev. Mary has served as a Delegate to the United Nations and a member of the Committee of the Status of Women. She now serves on the Santa Barbara County Commission on Behavioral Wellness. She is the first Latina Priest ordained in the Diocese of San Diego.

Richardson  has been featured on PBS program “Religion and Ethics News Weekly” for her chaplaincy at Central Juvenile Hall in East Los Angeles, and  has been featured by the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles for Juvenile Justice Sabbath’s documentary, “God Cries When We Sentence Kids to Life in Prison”.  Through the United Nations, she has worked  closely with El Instituto Nacional de la Mujer de Mexico, she hosted San Diego-based workshops for immigrant women. Rev. Mary led a “train-the-trainer DISCOVER HIV Prevention Workshop” for Professional Women in Michoacán, Hermosillo, Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City for El Instituto de Educación para Adultos de Latinoamérica y el Caribe.  

She is a strong activist against the “War on Drugs” policies and advocates for treatment over incarceration. Because Rev. Mary strongly believes these issues are all inter-related, her affiliations range from the Task Force for Women in Prison and Children in Crisis; Drug Policy Alliance; Mother’s Against the War on Drugs, and the Bi-national Committee on HIV.  

She is a Chemical Dependency Specialist and has worked as a case-manager, treatment advocate and community educator at the AIDS Service Center in Pasadena and Santa Barbara County. Rev. Mary also served as a case-manager for addicted mothers in Southern California and further educated the community on chemical dependency as the Latino Coordinator for the Multicultural Community Partnership of Santa Barbara County. 

Rev. Mary is  a Ct. Hypnotherapist with over 30 years of experience and enjoying a successful practice.  She specializes in energy healing of trauma/ abuse and PTSD. She is happy to call Santa Barbara County home again.

She also serves as V.P. on the board of directors for Santa Barbara North County Rape Crisis Center.

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